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Headteachers Letter

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Dear Parents,

We would like to welcome you to Petersfield Church of England Aided Primary School.

We are proud that our 2017 Ofsted inspection highlighted the school’s many great strengths, particularly in relation to the good start the children make in the Early Years Foundation Stage, keeping the children safe, the caring ethos, behaviour and relationships. We are proud that based on the ‘accurate understanding’ of our school shared by governors and leaders, we are together ‘successfully bringing about improvements in the quality of our pupils’ education. We are proud of our Church Ethos and the acknowledgement that “relationships are exemplary”, that “there is a profoundly supportive atmosphere throughout the school” and that “pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is well provided for.”

From September 2017, our school roll enables five classes for our pupils - approximately 135 girls and boys, aged from four to eleven years old. Whilst the majority of our pupils come from the surrounding villages of Orwell, Arrington, Croydon, Tadlow, Whaddon and Wimpole, we are pleased to welcome pupils from the wider South Cambridgeshire area. As a result, our class structure varies each year according to the size of each year group cohort. Currently we have three classes in Key Stage 2 and two classes in EYFS/KS1.

We are proud to be leading a passionate and enthusiastic staff team who value a creative curriculum that encourages excellence, enjoyment, perseverance and the building of positive relationships. With the support of our skilled Governing Body, as a school, over the last two years, we have introduced many initiatives, to the benefit of our pupils, including revisions to the spelling programme, homework menu, guided and individual reading system, maths calculation policy and reasoning skills, assessment information, Silver Sports Mark, Gold Lent Challenge, Lego computing, revised school values, writer of the week and the school lunch system with a production kitchen. Please do see our Events Page to find out more. In 2017-18 we are striving to achieve the silver Arts Mark as part of our 3 year strategic plan.

As well as providing fantastic social events, our Friends of Petersfield (FOPS) is highly successful in raising funds for Petersfield. Over the last two years, the priority was raising funds to develop our library and reading resources and to purchase a stage for our ever-popular school productions and class assemblies. In 2017-18, reading, computing and outdoor areas are key priorities.

We firmly believe that a strong parent-partnership is essential as we work together to best meet the needs of each child. Therefore, as a school, we continue to update parents on current information and initiatives and to be available daily on the playground to liaise, help and provide pastoral support to all our pupils. We look forward to welcoming pupils, parents and visitors to our friendly school as you become part of our school community.

Yours faithfully,

Karen Gwynn and Laura Penrose.

Latest News

20th Apr - Mrs Gwynn met with the Peer Mediation councillors today and was delighted with their attitude. Why do they want to be a peer mediator? Replies included 'Because I want to make people happy','I want to make our school a happier place' and 'I want to make a difference'.

20th Apr - Excellent, over a third of pupils walked to school today during 'Walk to School' week. With 3 days to go, more pupils can now join us for the morning exercise as part of our travel plan.

19th Apr - Well done to all those who joined us for the start of Walk to School Week. Please do join us at each morning until Wednesday 25th to 'Walk to School'.

18th April - Following the exciting Archeological Dig on our school site two years ago, the team returned today to geophys the area in an attempt to explain the stone found in the test pits. We eagerly await the results!

16th Mar - Today is 'Offer day' for pupils due to start at Petersfield in September 2018. Please do contact school to accept your place. We very much look forward to welcoming our new pupils and parents to our school family.

16th Mar - Excitingly, our sensory garden is taking shape thanks to FOPs, Tesco tokens, the Community Chest grant and the work so far by Meadow Nursery. We look forward to seeing this garden evolve and grow over the coming weeks.

16th Apr - Welcome back to pupils, parents and visitors as school opens today for the start of the exciting and busy summer term.

29th Mar - School is now closed for the Easter holiday. We look forward to welcoming pupils, parents and visitors back to school on Monday 16th April. Happy Easter!

29th Mar - Today we welcomed our Diocese Advisor into school. She spoke to pupils about the Collective Worship which they are increasingly leading. They explained about our 'school family' the benefit of 'time for reflection' and how 'it is fun now, we get involved'.

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